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The Korematsu moment for Muslim Americans

The US Supreme Court's decision to uphold Trump's Muslim ban affirms fundamental tenets of Islamophobia.

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People protest outside of the US Supreme Court after the US President Trump's travel ban was upheld by the US Supreme Court in Washington, US on June 26, 2018 [Leah Millis/Reuters]

There have been definitive moments in recent history that have vividly marked what it means to be Muslim in the US today. These are moments when state action, in full candour and force, reveals that the faith practised by at least 3.5 million Americans and 1.8 billion people globally is more of a national security threat than a religion deserving of protection and respect.

June 26, 2018, will forever stand as one of those moments. On that day, with a 5-to-4 vote the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling on President Donald Trump’s so-called “travel ban“, upholding the third rendition of his executive order restricting entry of nationals from seven countries, five of them Muslim-majority. 

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